Buick Enclave Review

The Buick Enclave is a unique SUV in that it offers something that many other SUVs of its size doesn’t; space for 8 passengers. It’s true, many SUVs only offer a maximum of 7 people seating, and if you don’t get a second-row bench, that number is lowered to 6. Extra space is just one of the many reasons why you’d want to consider a Buick Enclave.

The 8 passenger seating is nice, but if you don’t need the seats for all 8, consider getting the second-row captain’s chairs. Yes, it lowers your maximum seating capacity to 7, but it does make it a heck of a lot easier to get in and out of the third row.

Also, you’ll love the extra space when it comes to those home improvement projects on the weekends. You’ll be able to go to Home Depot and pick up plywood or drywall, and be able to place the sheets in the back completely flat. It’s amazing how much space the engineers managed to get out of this vehicle, considering it’s not significantly larger than the competition.

Also all Buick Enclaves come with OnStar. This service notifies emergency personnel in the event of a crash, and gives you access to other great services. New for 2016 includes the addition of 4G LTE. The Buick Enclave can now become a wireless hotspot that you and your family can connect to while you’re on the road.

It works really well, and even works well in remote areas since the cellular antenna in the vehicle is significantly larger than the antenna in your mobile phone. Everyone in the vehicle can be connected and streaming data at high speed.

The only downside is that you have to pay for the data you use. If you’re just checking email, that won’t be that much. But if you have kids in the back streaming Netflix movies, you’ll chew through your allotment of data pretty quickly.

The Enclave has an available all-wheel drive system which is great for cold climates, and there are some great luxury features you can option. Heated and cooled seats are available, along with HID headlights the pivot in the direction you’re steering at night.

Pre-collision warning and lane-keep warning are also available, which ultimately end up making the Enclave a smart and safe purchase decision. Additionally, fuel economy is decent for a vehicle this size, and long-term reliability should be solid.

It’s just one of the many reasons why you want to take a fresh look at the Buick Enclave.

Chad Kirchner
the authorChad Kirchner
In addition to Chad Kirchner's work here, he's a freelance automotive journalist for outlets around the world.

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